Oliver KROPF


Installation view, "REISE NACH IXTLAN", 2012, Brunnhofer Gallery

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Oliver Kropf’s brush strokes testify to a power and strength but at the same time also to the sheer joy of painting per se. The spontaneous gesture, the evident traces of the brushwork are usually invested as well in the protagonists, who are always male. These frequently concern typical, cliché-loaded male roles. The hunter with aimed rifle on the chase, the warrior drawing his bow at the gallop on his horse, or the dictator leading his people. And yet these strong men are vulnerable. The warrior seems to despair suddenly and buries his head in his hands, the clown loses his flair as a joker and himself seems harassed and fearful…
Oliver Kropf has assumed a thrilling and refreshing position as an artist. He integrates his objects into the painted background like a collage, combining mysticism and pure painting in his works. And when a red figure flies through the celestial sphere, the artist sees himself in it, constantly helter-skeltering up and down, but still free-flying in airy heights. (Eva Maria Bechter)

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